‘Huge business rate rise’ for small firms

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Image copyright Getty Images More than 56,000 small businesses in England will face steep tax rises next year, research indicates. Business rate increases will total £152m in April, rates specialist CVS said, putting a heavier burden on firms already reeling from rising inflation. The prediction follows a drop in retail sales last month as inflation [...]

Australian carmaking runs out of road

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Image copyright Holden Image caption A 1970s advert featuring a Holden car and smiling, patriotic Australians Australia’s final locally made car left the production line on Friday when Holden stopped manufacturing in the nation. It is considered the end of an era after similar exits by Ford and Toyota, writes the BBC’s Hywel Griffith in [...]

Bombardier to partner Airbus on C-Series jets

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Parts of Bombardier’s C-Series planes are made in Belfast European aerospace firm Airbus is to take a majority stake in Bombardier’s C-Series jet project. Bombardier has faced a series of problems over the plane, most recently a trade dispute in the US that imposed a 300% import tariff. Bombardier’s Northern [...]